Proverbs 11:24-25 (NLT) & Acts 20:35 (NLT)
A summation of the ethical mandate of the ancient Hebrew people concerning wealth is found in the Book of Proverbs, chapter 11, verses 24 and 25.
Give freely and become more wealthy;
be stingy and lose everything.
The generous will prosper;
those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.
Centuries later, in the Book of Acts, chapter 20, verse 35, Paul reminds Christ-followers that Jesus lived by these principals and that Jesus was even more succinct:
And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: "It is more blessed to give than to receive."
Brad says King Lear is wrestling with inner turmoil and struggling to be content. Do you share similar struggles?
Paul writes, "I have learned how to be content with whatever I have." Brad interprets this to mean that the key to true financial well-being isn't to pursue wealth for wealth's sake; rather to cultivate contentment. How well do you think we do at cultivating contentment in our society. What are some necessary societal changes for contentment to blossom?
Brad states that, "Christ-followers understand that while financial well-being can be one piece in cultivating contentment, that it alone will not get us there." What are the other things in life necessary to cultivate contentment?